ComiXology has announced comiXology Originals, a new program featuring exclusive comic content on comiXology and Kindle. The comiXology Originals debut lineup includes titles from BOOM! Studios, Valiant Entertainment and the legendary Harvey Kurtzman all available for pre-order today. ComiXology Originals titles will be digital only and exclusively available for comiXology and Kindle customers.
ComiXology Originals offers a host of diverse comic book content – debut titles include:
Adventure Time Marshall Lee Spectacular from BOOM! Studios with three all-new original Marshall Lee stories set in BOOM! Studios’ bestselling continuation of Cartoon Network’s Adventure Time TV show. The first story features New York Times bestselling writer Mariko Tamaki with artist Audrey Mok, followed by stories teaming up writer Melanie Gillman with artist Trungles and writer S.M. Vidaurri with artist Asia Kendrick-Horton — all found behind a fully painted cover by Fabio Moon. This digital only exclusive is available for pre-order today on comiXology and Kindle for $3.99.
Valiant High from Valiant Entertainment is a hilarious reimagining of Valiant’s award-winning superhero universe by writer Daniel Kibblesmith, artist Derek Charm with a first issue cover by David Lafuente! Before they became the world’s most formidable heroes, they were roaming the halls at a super-powered preparatory academy where Aric “X-O Manowar” Dacia is a record-setting running back, Colin “Ninjak” King is a debonair foreign exchange student, and Coach Bloodshot is way too into dodgeball! Now… Faith “Zephyr” Herbert is about to discover it all for the first time as the newest girl in school! Issue #1 (of 4) of this digital only exclusive is available for pre-order today on comiXology and Kindle for $3.99.
Harvey Kurtzman’s Marley’s Ghost will see The New Yorker cartoonist Shannon Wheeler, illustrator Gideon Kendall and editor Josh O’Neill expand and complete Kurtzman’s first attempt at the graphic novel form courtesy of the Estate of Harvey Kurtzman and packagers Kitchen, Lind & Associates. Never completed until now, in the 1950s Kurtzman attempted to adapt the Marley’s ghost section of Charles Dickens’ A Christmas Carol with over 70 pages of breakdowns. The completed work will be a 100+ page digital only exclusive graphic novel and is available for pre-order today for $9.99. on comiXology and Kindle with a winter 2017 release date.
Adventure Time Comics #3
Publisher: KaBOOM!, an imprint of BOOM! Studios
Writers: Marguerite Sauvage, Kelly Thompson, S. M. Vidaurri, Veronica Fish
Artists: Marguerite Sauvage, Savanna Ganucheau, S. M. Vidaurri, Veronica Fish
Main Cover: Philip Light
Subscription Cover: Hannah Ross
Incentive Cover: A. Sparrow
This issue features three short stories headlining DJ BMO, musical ghosts, and Princess Bubblegum and Marceline in spaaaace!
Writer: S.M. Vidaurri
Artist: S.M. Vidaurri
When Carson, a young girl living with cancer, is bestowed with age-old magic by a rebellious sorcerer named Iscariot, she must navigate her new powers, face the life she had thought she left behind forever, and take on the order of magicians who want to control her destiny. Carson discovers that Iscariot’s intentions might not have been as altruistic as it first appeared, and learns the hard way that magic comes at a cost.
If we’ve learned anything from fairy tales from the Brothers Grimm and Hans Christian Andersen, it’s that magic powers usually have a hefty price attached. This October, S.M. Vidaurri brings us his new Archaia original graphic novel Iscariot, the story of Carson, a young girl living with cancer whose life is changed when she is granted an age-old magic by the rebellious magician Iscariot.
Carson must now navigate her powers, face a life she thought she’d left behind, and take on an order of magicians who want to control her destiny. Carson wants to trust Iscariot, but his intentions might not be as altruistic as they first appeared, and she’ll have to trust her own feelings to decide what to do.
Iscariot hardcover (6″ x 9″, 144 pages, full color, hardcover) arrives in comic shops from Archaia on October 7th with a cover illustrated by creator S.M. Vidaurri for the price of $24.99 under Diamond order code AUG151205. It will be available in book stores on October 13th under ISBN 978-1-60886-761-5.
Five Ghosts: Special #1
Story By: S.M. Vidaurri
Story By: Frank J. Barbiere
Art By: S.M. Vidaurri
Cover By: S.M. Vidaurri
Diamond ID: JAN150579
Published: May 13, 2015
Explore the mythology of FIVE GHOSTS with a beautiful painted story from S.M. VIDAURRI (Jim Henson Storyteller: Witches, Iron: Or, The War After) featuring knights, demons, wizards, and the Dreamstone! And in a special backup story, FRANK J. BARBIERE presents Fabian in one of the most exciting literary heists ever!
Jim Henson’s The Storyteller: Witches HC
Authors: S.M. Vidaurri, Kyla Vanderklugt, Matthew Dow Smith, and Jeff Stokely
Artists: S.M. Vidaurri, Kyla Vanderklugt, Matthew Dow Smith, and Jeff Stokely
Inspired by folklore from around the world and all told in the spirit of Jim Henson’s beloved beloved television series, this hardcover collects the watercolor story of “The Magic Swan Goose and the Lord of the Forest” from S.M. Vidaurri (Iron: Or, the War After), Spera artist Kyla Vanderklugt’s haunting tale of the Snow Witch, Matthew Dow Smith’s tale of a man shipwrecked on an island of witches, and the unproduced The Storyteller teleplay from The Jim Henson Company Archives, adapted by Jeff Stokely (Six-Gun Gorilla). Features an all-new cover illustration by Sonny Liew (The Shadow Hero) and the never-before-seen, unproduced The Storyteller teleplay from The Jim Henson Company Archives.
BOOM! Studios Ten Year Celebration 2015 Free Comic Book Day Special
Authors: Cory Godbey, S.M. Vidaurri, David Petersen, Jen Wang, Kevin Church, Charles M. Schulz, Mark Evanier, Noelle Stevenson, Grace Ellis, John Kovalic, Madeleine Flores
Artists: Cory Godbey, S.M. Vidaurri, David Petersen, Britt Wilson, Coleman Engle, Vicki Scott, Andy Hirsch, Brooke Allen, John Kovalic, Madeleine Flores
The BOOM! Studios Ten Year Celebration 2015 Free Comic Book Day Special will be offered free to fans at their participating local comic book shop on Free Comic Book Day, May 2, 2015.
Writer Frank J. Barbiere and writer/artist S.M. Vidaurri come together to paint a special Fabian Gray backstory in Five Ghosts: Special #1 coming to Image Comics on March 25, 2015.
Five Ghosts: Special #1 features a full-length story written and painted by S.M. Vidaurri that explores the history of The Dreamstone—a magical relic that gives Fabian Gray his ghostly powers—and introduces us to a brave medieval knight named Emma. The story also features demons, wizards, a bold new villain with supernatural powers, and some famous literary figures making surprise appearances.
Five Ghosts: Special is an oversized issue that also features an all-new story from Barbiere and artist Jamie Jones. This special backup features Fabian Gray in an unforgettable literary heist that readers won’t want to miss!
Five Ghosts is a monthly comic book series from Image Comics that follows the adventures of infamous treasure hunter Fabian Gray, who after his encounter with an artifact known as “the Dreamstone” was possessed by five literary ghosts and granted access to their unique abilities. SyFy is currently adapting the series for television with a pilot scripted by Evan Daugherty. Daughtery is also attached to executive produce along with Matt Pizzolo and Brett Gurewitz of Black Mask Studios and Chris Bender, Jake Weiner, and Jake Wagner serving as producer for Universal Cable Prods. and Benderspink.
Five Ghosts: Special #1 (Diamond Code JAN150579) hits shelves on March 25.
Before delving into this new BOOM! Studios miniseries, it is maybe worth recapping the background of the Storyteller. This idea started as a television series in the 1980s, and it examined a number of lesser known fairy tales. In true Jim Henson style, the storytelling was a mixture or puppet and live actors, with the storyteller and his dog being the only common characters throughout. It had high production values, including the usual amazing puppetry, but it was only produced for one season. Jim Henson holds a special place in the hearts and minds of children of the 70s and 80s. In an era which was before the advent of CGI, his vision, talent and artistry made helped make movies like Dark Crystal, Labyrinth and even The Empire Strikes Back into what they were.
This series seems interested in capturing the current popularity in fairy tales, and to be fair it does so in a novel way. It is evident that the writer/illustrator has put forth a lot of effort to make sure that this is a beautiful piece of work, even as it highlights a lesser known tale titled the Magic Swan Goose and the Lord of the Forest. The only major problem which comes up here is the association with Henson. A Henson fan picking up this book without looking first inside will likely be a little disappointed in the end product. The Henson name here is one attached to the series which BOOM! has the rights to produce. Aside from one splash page near the beginning of the issue, nothing at all has anything to do with Henson.
As a standalone this issue is a bit more literal, in the sense that nothing out of the ordinary is being done with fairy tales here. This is not Fables or Zenescope where fairy tales form the basis for modern characters but rather just a relatively straight telling of an obscure fairy tale. The end presentation is fine, and even beautiful in places, but with the more traditional aspect of fairy tales being presented here, it is likely that children would be better recipients of this story than adults, especially so that it is lighter on text as well.
Story and Art: S.M. Vidaurri
Story: 5.0 Art: 7.0 Overall: 6.0 Recommendation: Pass
BOOM! Studios/Archaia provided Graphic Policy with a FREE copy for review
Jim Henson’s The Storyteller: Witches #1 (of 4)
Writer: S.M. Vidaurri
Artist: S.M. Vidaurri
Jim Henson’s The Storyteller is a beloved celebration of fairy tales and folklore. After releasing a critically acclaimed graphic novel Archaia is thrilled to bring the property’s magic to single issues. In the spirit of Henson’s inventive imagination, this series dives into the mythology of witches and witchcraft through the ages with an incredible blend of art styles and storytelling techniques, taking full advantage of the comics medium.
Four anthology-style one-shots explore classic witch stories and fairy tales from all over the world, each told by a different creator with a breathtaking style and original voice. It’s tales of magic and wonder as only these storytellers could imagine them.
In the first of four stand-alone issues, S.M. Vidaurri, writer and watercolor illustrator of the award-winning graphic novel IRON: OR, THE WAR AFTER, unfolds the stunning tale of “The Magic Swan Goose & the Lord of the Forest.” When her brother is kidnapped by a witch, a young princess must venture into the mysterious forest beyond the castle. There, the Lord of the Forest, an armor clad spirit who watches over the wilderness, comes to her aid, but the princess must rely on her wits to discover who she can trust before her family is cursed forever.